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2017/2018 Session

Date Topic Speaker/Social Event
12 February 2018 Information Security and Cyber Crime Risk Patrick Kelliher
8 February 2018 Chartered Actuary proposal Stirling talk - Stephen Cunningham
7 February 2018 Chartered Actuary proposal Glasgow talk - Dermot Grenham
7 February 2018 Chartered Actuary proposal Edinburgh talk - John Taylor
30 January 2018 Infrastructure risks Chris Lewin
16 January 2018 Actuaries - unlikely saviours of the world? Sandy Trust (Grant Thornton), Marianne Harper-Gow (Baillie Gifford) and Kaisie Rayner (Scottish Widows)
12 January 2018 Engaging with Employers of Actuaries, in Scotland Catherine Thorn and Debbie Atkins
19 December 2017 A customer-focused investment product minimising pensions plans Dr Catherine Donnelly
12 December 2017 Machine Learning Valerie du Preez
11 December 2017 Actuaries' Code Alan Watson
5 December 2017 Actuaries' Code Alan Watson
16 November 2017 Scottish Mortality - how is it different and why does it matter?
(Edinburgh)
Susan Hanlon, Mercer
15 November 2017 Mental Health in the Workplace
(Glasgow)
Josh Quigley, Tartan Explorer, and Lorna Gemme, Law at Work, Barclays
15 November 2017

Scottish mortality - how is it different and why does it matter?
(Glasgow)

Susan Hanlon, Mercer
9 November 2017 Scottish mortality - how is it different and why does it matter?
(Stirling)
Susan Hanlon, Mercer
2 November 2017 Longevity trends and CMI 2016
(Glasgow)
Conor O'Reilly and Siobhan Lough, Hymans Robertson
26 October 2017 Longevity trends and CMI 2016
(Stirling)
Conor O'Reilly and Siobhan Lough, Hymans Robertson
25 October 2017

Longevity trends and CMI 2016
(Edinburgh)

Conor O'Reilly and Siobhan Lough, Hymans Robertson
15 June 2017 DC Pensions: Consolidate and certify (Edinburgh) John McAleer and Gareth Doyle, Aon
14 June 2017 DC Pensions: Consolidate and certify (Glasgow) John McAleer and Gareth Doyle, Aon
9 June 2017 Reponsible investment: The new bottom line Anthony Plotnek and Rob Nakielny, EY
18 May 2017 IRM - Putting theory into practice for UK DB pension schemes (Glasgow) Presented by members of the Integrated Risk Managment (IRM) Working Party. include Andrew Hitchcox (chair), Chinu Patel, Chris Ramsey, Ed Studd, Lok Ma, Marian Elliott, and Tim Keogh.
17 May 2017 IRM - Putting theory into practice for UK DB pension schemes (Edinburgh) Presented by members of the Integrated Risk Managment (IRM) Working Party. include Andrew Hitchcox (chair), Chinu Patel, Chris Ramsey, Ed Studd, Lok Ma, Marian Elliott, and Tim Keogh.
26 April 2017 History of British Actuarial Thought Craig Turnbull, Standard Life
5 April 2017 Revised Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) (Edinburgh) Robert Inglis and Ann Muldoon, FRC
5 April 2017 Revised Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) (Stirling) Robert Inglis and Ann Muldoon, FRC
4 April 2017 Revised Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) (Glasgow) Robert Inglis and Ann Muldoon, FRC
29 March 2017 History of British Actuarial Thought Craig Turnbull, Standard Life
16 March 2017 A day in the life of .... a unit-linked actuary (Stirling) Craig Smith, Standard Life, and Robert Whitehouse, Royal London
9 March 2017 A day in the life of .... a unit-linked actuary (Edinburgh) Craig Smith, Standard Life, and Robert Whitehouse, Royal London
22 February 2017 A view from China Ellen Yang, KPMG
25 January 2017 The changing pensions landscape Sir Steve Webb, Director of Policy and External Communications at Royal London, and former Pensions Minister
19 January 2017 Genomics basis of human lifespan (Edinburgh) Peter Joshi FIA
11 January 2017 Genomics basis of human lifespan (Stirling) Peter Joshi FIA
23 November 2016 Being an effective actuary David Hare, former IFoA President
1 November 2016 - Glasgow
2 November 2016 - Edinburgh and Stirling
Presidential visit and strategy refresh Colin Wilson, President, IFoA, and Derek Cribb, CEO
27 October 2016 Actuarial data needs David Alison and Meshali Chotai, KPMG
25 October 2016 Target-risk equity funds John Caslin, Director, Alder Capital
5 October 2016 - Stirling
13 October 2016 - Edinburgh
Climate change - a classic risk management problem Sandy Trust, Senior Manager, Grant Thornton UK LLP
22 September 2016 Attention, deficit! Managing small pension schemes Andy Thomson, Director, Thomson Dickson Consulting Ltd
7 September 2016 -
Glasgow;
8 September 2016 -
Edinburgh and Stirling
Target-risk equity funds John Caslin

2015/2016 Session

Date Topic Speaker/Social Event
19 July 2016 FRC Consultation  (Glasgow and Edinburgh)
Changes to Specific Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) and rationale for changes
Robert Inglis, Ann Muldoon
18 July 2016 FRC Consultation  (Stirling)
Changes to Specific Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) and rationale for changes
Robert Inglis, Ann Muldoon
21 June 2016 Demographics Amy Wilson and Kirsty MacLachlan
20 June 2016 Microinsurance Eamon Kelly and Henry Yan
26 May 2016 Industrialised Financial Reporting Working Party Representatives from the Working Party
20 April 2016 Behavioural Economics and Financial Services Professor Liam Delaney, Director of Behavioural Science Centre, Stirling Management School
13 April 2016 The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' (IFoA's) Disciplinary Scheme and You (meetings held in Stirling and Glasgow) Fiona Burrough, Case Manager, IFoA
30 March 2016 Public Sector Pension Changes
(meetings held in Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow)
Allan Martin
17 March 2016 EU Referendum Tim Werkhoven
16 March 2016 EU Referendum Tim Werkhoven
2 March 2016 Fundamentally re-thinking ALM Paul Fulcher, Nomura International
Neil Snyman, Aviva Investors
9 February 2016 The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' (IFoA's) Disciplinary Scheme and You Fiona Burrough, Case Manager, IFoA
13 January 2016 What is funding liquidity risk and how can a bank manage it? Iain Ritchie, PhD Student, Heriot-Watt University
14 December 2015 The Challenges of an Ageing Population Professor David Bell and Professor Liam Delaney
1 December 2015 Risk Roadshow (Glasgow) Christine McConnell, Head of Regualtory Compliance, IFoA, and
Phil Doggart, Policy Manager, IFoA
1 December 2015 Risk Roadshow (Edinburgh) Christine McConnell, Head of Regulatory Compliance, IFoA, and
Phil Doggart, Policy Manager, IFoA
22 October 2015 Model-independent price bounds for the Swiss Re Mortality Bond 2003 Raj Bahl, PhD Student at the University of Edinburgh
15 & 19 September 2015 What is funding liquidity risk and how can a bank manage it? Presented by Iain Ritchie, PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. Hosted by Hymans Robertson, Glasgow and Edinburgh

2014/2015 Session

  • 26 May 2015 - Critial Illness Pricing: Can prices get any lower? Presented by Matthew Smith, Pacific Life Re.  Hosted by the IFoA, Edinburgh.  
     
  • 21 May 2015 - The 3 Rs: Risk, Regulation and Ring-fencing.  Navigating the pensions maize at UK banks.  Presented by Doug Baird and Sharon Midwinter, RBS.  Hosted at the IFoA, Edinburgh.
     
  • 7 May 2015 - Professional Skills Event - Solving business issues and dilemmas.  Presented by Tony Hewitt FIA, Lecturer at Imperial College, London (2008-2014)
             
  • 26 March 2015 - A sea change in pensions.  Presented by John Warburton, Executive Director, Distributions, and Sandy Trust, Corporate Pensions, Head of Unit Linked Funds, Prudential
     
  • 12 March 2015 - Demonstrating solvency by brute force is computationally tractable.  Presented by Mark Tucker, PhD student at the University of Edinburgh and hosted by Moody's Analytics
     
  • 26 February 2015 - Impact of the 2014 budget on DB pension schemes.  Presented by Steven Yates, Andrew Hornell and Stuart Cook, Towers Watson
     
  • 24 February 2015 - Recovery and resolution planning.  Presented by Sandy Reid from Standard Life and James Crispin from AEGON UK Plc.
     
  • 5 February 2015 - Current legislative developments in the pensions industry.  Presented by John Wilson, Head of Technical, JLT Benefit Solutions
     
  • 15 January 2015 - There's more to life than pensions.  Presented by Maggie Craig, Head of Savings and Investment Division, Policy, Risk and Research Division, Financial Conduct Authority
     
  • 4 December 2014 -  Joint KSS and CANUK event with two presentations:
    •  An Englishman in PRC. Presented by John Atherton, Standard Life.  
    • ​Trends and opportunities of investing in emerging markets.  Presented by Steven Yang Yu, Redington
       
  • 17 November 2014 - Adverse selection in a start-up long-term care insurance market.  Presented by Dr Craig Adams, Data Manager, Market Consistent Reporting, Aegon
     
  • 20 October 2014 - Talk 1 - Fund governance and oversight.  Talk 2 - Taxation of unit linked life funds.  Presented by George McCutcheon, Financial Risk Solutions Ltd.  Hosted by Prudential, Craigforth, Stirling
     
  • 30 September 2014 - Cause of death modelling.  Presented by Donald MacLeod, Chief Actuary, Scottish Friendly Assurance Society and Chair of the Cause of Death Modelling Party.  Hosted by KPMG, Gl
     
  • 10 September 2014 - Family fortunes. Perception vs reality around retirement.  Presented by Stephen Birch and Mark Jaffray, Hymans Robertson.  Hosted by Hymans Robertson, Edinburgh

2013/2014 Session

  • 25 September 2013 - Unmanageable Pensions debts - or perhaps "When push (pension debt) comes to shove (sponsoring employer insolvency).  Presented by Allan Martin. Hosted by KPMG Glasgow.
     
  • 28 November 2013 - A discussion in GMP Equalisation and Conversion and Changes to Accountancy Disclosures. Presented by Russell Laver and Murray Wright from JLT Group.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here. Hosted by JLT Group, Edinburgh.
     
  • 24 January 2014 - A progress report on the IFoA Quality Assurance Scheme. Presented by Ben Kemp, General Council of the IFoA. Hosted by Mercer, Edinburgh.
     
  • 6 February 2014 - Employer sponsored benefits - impact on the wider market. Presented by Lee Lovett, Head of Business Development, UK & Ireland, Munich Re.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here. Hosted by Standard Life, Edinburgh.
     
  • 20 February 2014 - The Economic Impact of Scottish independence. Speakers Prof David Bell, University of Stirling and Dr Angus Armstrong, National Institute of Economic & Social Research.  Hosted by Prudential, Stirling.
     
  • 13 March 2014 - Building and using an effective risk appetite framework.  Presented by Chris Cormack, Head of Financial Risk, Royal London.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here. Hosted by Royal London, Edinburgh.
     
  • 16 April 2014 - Alternative annuity design: constructing the pension schemes of the future. Presented by Dr Catherine Donnelly, Heriot Watt University. Hosted by Heriot Watt University.
     
  • 1 May 2014 - Banking for Actuaries. Presented by John Young, Head of Customer Value, Retail Products, RBS.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here.  Hosted by Ernst & Young, Edinburgh.
     
  • 12 June 2014 - Dealing with Government. Presented by Alan Rubenstein, Chief Executive of the Pension Protection Fund.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here.  Hosted by Hymans Robertson, Glasgow.  

2012/2013 Session

  • 17 April 2013 - Hope for the best but prepare for the worst – looking at the impact of a prolonged period of  low long term interest rates on pension fund and insurance company balance sheets.  Presented by Hamish Wilson.  Hosted by Hymans Robertson, Glasgow
     
  • 22 May 2013 - The impossibility of pensions – Can society support a retired population in the style it desires. Presented by Kate Yates. Hosted by Towers Watson, Edinburgh
     
  • 28 June 2013 - The forthcoming FCA annuity review and the implications for the industry.  Hosted by KPMG, Edinburgh
     
  • 31 Jul 2013 - Discussion of EIOPA A long term guarantee impact assessment Study.  Presented by Sandy Sharp.  Hosted by Prudential, Stirling

Contact Details

For information regarding regional societies, please contact the Senior Stakeholder Relationship Manager, Kirstie Smith.

kirstie.smith@actuaries.org.uk

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Events calendar

  • IFoA & PRI Webinar: TCFD – leaders and challenges

    Online webinar
    2 September 2019

    Spaces available

    In collaboration with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, the Principles of Responsible Investment is delighted to host this webinar discussing the response to the TCFD’s recommendations two years on from their publication. The webinar will feature new analysis of the 591 investors representing $45 trillion who responded to PRI’s 2019 climate indicators, insights from the past Chair of the IFoA’s Resource and Environment Board as well as an investor case study of implementation in practice from Aviva. 

  • SIAS Event: Climate Zero to Climate Hero

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    3 September 2019

    Spaces available

    An introductory session to help you get ahead with climate change.

    • Science, terminology and initiatives: handy facts to keep in your back pocket 
    • Getting your point across: how to influence people and avoid common traps and pitfalls
    • Taking action: what are actuaries expected to do...and what are we actually doing?
  • KSS event – The Regulatory Perspective

    Deloitte Saltire Court 20 Castle Terrace Edinburgh EH1 2EG
    5 September 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk, presented by the FCA Head of Department in Scotland, will focus on the following 3 main areas:

    • FCA business plan priorities
    • The future of regulation
    • FCA Engagement in Scotland
  • Professional Skills Training session (Jointly held with China Life)

    China Life Insurance, Beijing •  China Life Shanghai Office • China Life Shenzhen Office  
    6 September 2019

    Spaces available

    Friday, 6 September, Beijing Local Time (CST) 14.00-16.30; British Summer Time (BST) 07.00-9.30

    The IFoA Beijing Office and China Life are pleased to be co-hosting a Professional Skills Training (PST) session in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen on Friday, 6 September. Wen Li (FIA), the IFoA Lead Representative in China and East Asia, will lead the PST presentation and discussion on ‘Getting it right!’.

    The main venue will be in Beijing. Members in Shanghai and Shenzhen can join the interaction with Beijing via video conference at China Life’s regional venues. (see full details below)

  • Spaces available

    The actuarial profession has much to offer the world of banking. In this second webinar on opportunities for actuaries in banking we have two actuaries sharing their experience. They will talk about the opportunities there are in banking; describing the actuarial aspects of the work they do, the roles they see for actuaries and the skills actuaries can bring to the banking industry. They will share their experiences of how they got into banking as well as give their thoughts on how actuaries can enter the banking profession.

  • KSS event – The Future of the Actuarial Profession with Alan Watson

    Willis Towers Watson 2 Lochrin Square, 96 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QA
    23 September 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk will explore how the Actuarial Profession is changing by looking at the past, the current and the future; considering what will be the key issues impacting the Profession over the next 20 years and why this will be different from today. Why will areas like data science be important?  What does the future hold for reserved roles? What impact will the Profession have on other professionals?  And much more!

  • GIRO Conference 2019

    EICC, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE
    24-26 September 2019
    Spaces available

    GIRO is attended annually by over 800 delegates and speakers who are keen to discuss key topics such as Pricing, Reserving, Modelling and the future of the insurance industry. GIRO 2018 was a huge success and we have opened bookings early for what we hope will be another brilliant conference at the EICC in Edinburgh this year. 

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  • Chief Actuaries and Senior Life Actuaries Workshop 2019

    Staple Inn Hall High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    2 October 2019

    Spaces available

    This workshop, now in its sixth year, is aimed at senior actuaries working in life insurance - predominantly Chief Actuaries, but also Reviewing Actuaries and others working in risk and financial reporting. It will provide seven hours of relevant CPD.

  • The Future of the Actuarial Profession

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    3 October 2019

    Fully booked.

     

    Three actuaries – and CEOs – discuss their views on how the business world is changing and what that might mean for actuaries in the future.

  • Spaces available

    Have you ever thought about working in wider fields? Would you like to play a role in the fight against climate change to make the planet better? 

    It can be difficult to do this - but seeing an example you can follow can make it more realistic. In this ‘green’ case study a template is outlined to show how actuaries can apply their skills more broadly - and in doing so, to make a difference.

  • RSS/IFoA Data Science Ethics: the role of practitioners

    Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol St, London EC1Y 8LX
    7 October 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and the Royal Statistical Society have worked together to develop joint ethics guidance on data science. This is the culmination of an 18 month programme of practitioner led work. 
     
    Join us for the launch of this new guidance, with a high-level panel discussion which will explore the role of data science practitioners and professional bodies in data ethics. 

  • SIAS Event: AGM and talk on a Monetary Approach to Economics

    Staple Inn Hall. High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    8 October 2019

    Spaces available

    The SIAS Annual General Meeting will commence at 5.45pm and be followed by a talk given by the well known economist and author, Steve Keen, at 6pm. A live webinar will be available. 

  • Career Event - Count Me In

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    10 October 2019

    Spaces available

    This event is aimed at school age young people to encourage then into the profession

  • KSS Event – GAD: the 100 year life (Edinburgh)

    KPMG  Saltire Court 20 Castle Terrace Edinburgh EH1 2EG
    22 October 2019

    Spaces available

    The Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) marks its centenary this year. George Russell, formerly Deputy Government Actuary, who currently heads up GAD’s Edinburgh office, leading on GAD support to the devolved administrations in Scotland and Northern Ireland, will outline GAD’s development over that period and its range of work today. Having just “celebrated” his 25th anniversary of joining GAD, George will also reflect on some of the challenges and opportunities of advising at the interface of the actuarial and the political worlds.

  • KSS event – GAD: the 100 year life (Glasgow)

    Barnett Waddingham 163 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 2JJ
    24 October 2019

    Spaces available

    The Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) marks its centenary this year. George Russell, formerly Deputy Government Actuary, who currently heads up GAD’s Edinburgh office, leading on GAD support to the devolved administrations in Scotland and Northern Ireland, will outline GAD’s development over that period and its range of work today. Having just “celebrated” his 25th anniversary of joining GAD, George will also reflect on some of the challenges and opportunities of advising at the interface of the actuarial and the political worlds.

  • Sessional Meeting - Autonomous Vehicles and impacts on the wider insurance industry

    Staple Inn, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ         
    28 October 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries is running a sessional meeting on autonomous vehicles on 28th October.  The session will showcase the work of the IFoA “Autonomous Vehicles” working party alongside a number of expert external presenters. 

  • ARC Event: Beyond Proportional Hazards

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    30 October 2019

    Spaces available

    ARC Event: Beyond Proportional Hazards: Statistical methods for assessment of the impact of medical advances and health interventions on longevity and population projections.

    This workshop is being delivered by the Actuarial Research Centre’s (ARC) ‘Big Health and Actuarial Data’ Research Programme.

  • Hot Topics in Health and Care: Networking and Drinks

    Staple Inn, 4 High Holborn, London WC1V 6DR
    4 November 2019

    Spaces available

    This evening will feature two new cases studies that highlight the implications for insurers of issues impacting on health and mortality for life, pensions, and health and care products; Impactability modelling: a worked example in Type II diabetes presented by Josephine Robertson, and Seasonal Mortality in England and Wales 1993-2016 presented by Mary Hall, Dublin City University.

  • SIAS Event: Introduction to the Mortality Research Steering Committee (MRSC)

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    5 November 2019

    Spaces available

    The MRSC is responsible for guiding the profession’s research in the areas of longevity, mortality and morbidity such that it is recognised as a thought leader in this area. It has recently been reviewing what the priorities and have identified 6 areas that we believe are the most important areas of research that should be the current focus and these are:

  • The challenges for AI in Autonomous driving – Professor Andrew Blake

    Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 11 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ
    11 November 2019

    Spaces available

    In conjunction with the Scottish Board and supporting the IFoA’s focus on data science.

    The IFoA’s Scottish Board have arranged for UK pioneer in Computer Vision and Machine Intelligence, Professor Andrew Blake to speak to delegates on the subject of AI in Autonomous driving. This lecture will focus on safety-critical operation and the computation of risk.  

  • Autumn Pension Seminar

    Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen St, Holborn, London WC2B 5DA
    13 November 2019

    Spaces available

    Join us for this brand new seminar that brings together our Current Issues in Pensions, Pensions and the Law, and Investment for Pension Actuaries events. The seminar builds on the IFoA’s Annual Pension Conference with sessions covering CDC, TPR’s code of practice, investments, legal updates and Professional Skills Training with a focus on interactive discussion throughout.

    • KSS event: How is Scotland’s population changing and what are the implications?

      Barnett Waddingham, 163 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 2JJ
      14 November 2019

      Spaces available

      The National Records of Scotland (NRS) collects, preserves and produces information about Scotland's people and history to inform current and future generations - work that underpins the fabric of Scottish society and tells the story of our nation. This KSS talk will explore the following and other areas impacting Scotland’s changing population, and assess the potential implications of the changes:

      • population statistics
      • life expectancy
      • changes in age structure
      • birth and death rates, including causes of death statistics.
    • Life Conference 2019

      The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1
      20-22 November 2019
      Spaces available

      The Life Conference is the premier event for professionals interested in life insurance.  Offering a wide range of workshops and plenary sessions it’s the perfect opportunity to discover what’s hot and current in life insurance ensuring you get up to date on the latest thinking and innovation whilst meeting and exchanging ideas with a broad range of professionals.

    • Autumn Lecture 2019, London - Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

      Lincoln's Inn The Treasury Office, London WC2A 3TL
      2 December 2019

      Fully booked.

      The IFoA is pleased to announce that this year’s Autumn Lecture will feature the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP as its guest speaker.  Nicky has previously served as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women. She now chairs the Treasury Select Committee whose remit is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of HM Treasury, along with all of its agencies and associated bodies.

    • Autumn Lecture 2019: Live Streaming

      Webinar 
      2 December 2019

      Spaces available

      Watch the live stream of this year's Autumn Lecture with guest speaker Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP. 

    • Behavioural Finance Research Launch- 14 January 2020

      Staple Inn, 4 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 6DR
      14 January 2020

      Spaces available

      We are delighted to announce the launch of the findings from our ARC funded Behavioural Finance research with a special evening event at Staple Inn on Tuesday14th January 2020. Entitled Behavioural Aspects of Institutional Investment Decision-Making, this research programme is being delivered by City, University of London, Leeds University Business School and Ipsos.

    • Sessional: Impact of E-cigarettes Working Party

      Royal College of Physicians, 9 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
      24 February 2020

      Spaces available

      This sessional meeting will be of direct interest to actuaries and others working in the in the Health and Care, Life or Pensions sectors or indeed an actuaries with an interest in morbidity or mortality.